Hello again. I promised to update you all on how registration went, so here it goes... When it came time to log in, my computer decided that I had all the time in the world so it took me about 30 minutes to log in for my first registration session. The next time around (for my second session) was a breeze. I was in and out in about 5 minutes. I don't think I had nearly as hard a time as everyone else, considering I got all the classes I wanted, without having to go through the process of emailing professors for overrides. Next semester I'm taking: CSP51- Economic Markets: Do They Work? ECON101- Principles of Economics I KIN104- Introduction to Kinesiology MUSC119- Why Music Matters MUSC130- Electronic Music Class I'm really excited for next semester because I actually get to start working on the courses required for my major (and minor). Other than course registration, everything is going really well. I just finished up my last...Read More
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November 19, 2011
November 19, 2011
Now that the semester is winding down, professors tend to load students with a lot of work before Thanksgiving Break. One possibility is the fact that after Thanksgiving Break we only have two more weeks until finals and then Winter Break! Exciting huh? Well with homework and work, I have also been quite involved in Greek Week as well as with Delta (the sorority I am in). Greek Week was intense, but fun. One of the events I found fun was Greek Wars where a group of six Greek members from each organization battled it out, mafia style. Each member from the team was given a squirt gun and they had to kill other members from different Greek organizations to get points. The war went on throughout the whole week as well as the different events we could participate to receive points. The organization with the most points wins overall Greek...Read More
November 18, 2011
Every Saturday myself and cohort of students dedicated to enjoying, studying, and discussing the connection between our food and the environment meet. We gather to garden amongst hundred year old oaks and a young flock of chickens. The club is called FEAST (Food, Energy and Sustainability Team) and ensures the life and health of our bountiful chickens, rich compost piles, and fecund vegetable beds. The garden has given me the ability to unwind and reconnect with nature while staying in the lively and urban city of Los Angeles. Below is a panorama I took a few Saturdays back during a garden party:Read More
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
I've been counting the weeks until the end of the semester for two weeks now, and somehow the end doesn't seem any closer. Most people I've talked to are going home for Thanksgiving next week. Lucky ducks.
For the first time, this year I really want to go home for Thanksgiving (I never have and probably never will). That said, I'm looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my Pasadena-based grandfather and a friend visiting from Scripps before heading out with her and some local friends to Calico Ghost Town for some mine-spelunking and old-West fun.
November 17, 2011
Hi everybody! First off I'd like to apologize for the lack of pretty pictures. I write this short piece from my cubicle at my internship, which is coming to a close pretty soon. As I type, my boss is interviewing a potential replacement for me! I doubt she'll be nearly as good at filing though. This semester has honestly been the busiest period of my short life and I'm concerned that it will only get busier! My internship has been an amazing experience and oftentimes a welcome escape from the drama of campus life (read: sorority life) but I'm a little relieved to have the 12 hours a week back. Thanksgiving couldn't come faster! I just wrote a paper for a Judaism class by drawing parallels between the characters' academic interests and Freudian methods of psychanalysis. A truly liberal arts college kind of experience. My sorority's new pledges will activate this Friday, which is awesome! Congratulations to Alpha Lambda Phi...Read More
November 16, 2011
Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is almost a week away! (Can't wait to go home!) Around this time every year, students must register for their spring semester classes. The days leading up to registration can be very stressful. What if you don't get the class you want? What if you don't get any classes? What if you can't get into the class that you need to graduate and then you never graduate and can't get a job and are homeless and poor forever? (These are just some of my personal thoughts). Registration at Oxy begins with meeting with your advisor. Your advisor is a professor assigned to you freshman year that works in the department you plan on majoring in. He or she can help you choose the classes you want to enroll in. Your advisor also tells you what your registration time is. In previous years, each grade would have a registration day, and within that grade there would be two groups: morning and afternoon registration. If you get...Read More
November 15, 2011
November 14, 2011
Last week I completed my final undergraduate class registration for Spring 2012. Not sure how I feel about that. Classes have always been a love/hate relationship as I typically enjoy the courses' content but dread the homework. So registration is a time where you can get excited to think about the topics you'll be learning about and not have to think about all the coursework that come along with them. For me, the registration process has never been too painful. I honestly can't remember a semester that I had to take a class that I didn't really want to or that I was required to anyway. This semester, they switched around the process so you pick two classes first in your first round, then your second two during a second round - giving everyone a better chance at getting their most desired classes. I have no complaints, especially since I'll only be taking three courses and got into all three that I wanted. I'm only taking...Read More
November 14, 2011
During my first three years at Oxy, I was able to live in three wonderful residence halls. Living on campus couldn't be more convenient - free internet and printing down the hall, classes and free food less than a two minute walk, to state the basics. I never had any particular complaints about doubles or triple rooms as I was always living with close friends and there is plenty of free space around campus to chill. Pictures and descriptions of them can be found here. Still, moving off-campus senior year has been awesome. While Oxy can't claim the status of UC-Merced's off-campus housing situation, Eagle Rock offers a decent variety of housing options. Some residencies serve as designated party houses almost every year, while others are...Read More